Cloud nine; CLOUD ATLAS(12A, 171MINS) Starring: Halle Berry, James D'Arcy, Hugh Grant, Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon, Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving.
When Adam falls ill, supposedly as a result of a parasitic worm, Dr Henry Goose (Hanks) rushes to his aid.
In 1936 Cambridge, musician Robert Frobisher (Whishaw) bids farewell to his lover Rufus Sixsmith (D'Arcy) to head to Edinburgh where he will work alongside famous composer Vyvyan Ayrs (Broadbent).
The Scottish air inspires Frobisher to compose his celebrated Cloud Atlas Sextet.
In 1973 California, crusading journalist Luisa Rey (Berry) meets an ageing Rufus in a lift, and is drawn into a deadly mystery involving the elderly nuclear physicist and a hit man called Bill Smoke (Weaving).
In present-day London, 65-year-old publisher Timothy Cavendish (Broadbent) falls victim to a vicious prank and becomes trapped in a care home run by the sadistic Nurse Noakes (Weaving).
In 2144 Neo Seoul, genetically engineered fast-food worker Sonmi-451 (Doona Bae) escapes the bonds of servitude and goes on the run with rebel Hae-Joo Chang (Sturgess).
In 2321, Zachry (Hanks) agrees to help technologically advanced visitor Meronym (Berry) head into the mountains to find the Cloud Atlas communication station.
In the far future, these stories gradually knit together.
Cloud Atlas shoots for the moon and narrowly misses.
Production design is jaw-dropping and the cast give their all.
However, some segments including Broadbent's incarceration in the nursing home are superfluous, bloating a languid three-hour running time that will be an endurance test too far for some buttocks.